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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Gerald O. Burns (September 18, 2018)

Gerald O. Burns age 75, of Ansonia passed away at 12:42 PM on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at his residence.

Gerald was born May 12, 1943, in Darke County to the late Truman & Bertha (Miller) Burns. In addition to his parents, Gerald was also preceded in death by a sister, Marcella Finnell.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Jo Anne (Samson) Burns whom he married November 16, 1964; children, Kathryn Hiatt of Union City, Ohio, Scott & Heidi Burns of Arlington, Texas and Lori (Poling) & Andy Rammel of Arcanum; grandchildren, Joseph Burns, Spencer Burns, Hannah Rammel, Paul Rammel and Ally Schroeder; brothers & sisters-in-law, Chester & Diana Burns of Arcanum, Robert & Shirley Burns of Union City, Indiana and Wayne & Judy Burns of Greenville; sister & brother-in-law, Miriam & Dale Holler of Troy; brother-in-law, Jim Finnell of Wabash, Indiana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gerald retired from the Union City Body Company with 38 years of service.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Todd Reish officiating. Burial will follow in Gettysburg Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Care or Ansonia Rescue. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Terry Lee Ungericht (September 18, 2018)

Terry Lee Ungericht, 68 of Union City, Indiana and formerly of Ansonia, passed away on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at State of the Heart Care Center in Greenville. He was born February 20,1950 in Greenville, Ohio to late Earl & Vivian (Snyder) Ungericht.

Terry was retired and had worked at Copeland/Emerson. He was a member of the VFW in Union City, Indiana and Greenville, American Legion in Union City, Indiana, and Elks Lodge in Union City, Indiana. Terry was always trying to make deals; he loved to barter and trade. He was an avid card player and was a jokester who was always trying to pull pranks on anyone he knew. However, even though he liked to prank, he was a very a giving and loving person and would give you the shirt off his back. Most of all he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Terry was preceded in death by his grandparents; sister: Sherry Ungericht Prasuhn; and his brother, Garry Ungericht.

He is survived by his children, Justin Ungericht (Tyra Vanatta) of Greenville, Jamie Sloan (Kevin Marrs) of Union City, Indiana, and Sarah (Aaron) Roth of Union City, Indiana; his grandchildren, Hailee Jones, Gracie Jones, Ryleigh Jones, Alexis Roth, Aydrian Sonner, Caiden Roth, and Auston Roth; sisters, Connie Marker of Greenville, Bill (Jerry) Riffell of Ansonia; half-sister, Christi Ungericht Bailey of Greenville; numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Terry's Life will be held at 6:00 PM on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 6:00 PM at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, with Pastor David Roth officiating.

Family will receive friends on Thursday from 3:00 PM until time of services at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Care, 1350 N. Broadway, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.tributefuneralhomes.com

Delbert M. Braund, Sr. (September 17, 2018)

Delbert M. Braund, Sr., 88, of New Madison, passed September 17, 2018 after health complications.

He was born on May 29, 1930 in DuBois, Pennsylvania to the late Robert Kinsey, Sr. and Miriam Braund.

A native of Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, Delbert enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at the age of 18 and traveled the world, “Compliments of Uncle Sam.” Specializing in radar and electronics, he worked on notable programs such as the B-26 Night Marauders in Korea, U2s in Panama with the Special Reconnaissance Group, Strategic Air Command Inspections Teams, the B52s, and retired after multiple tours in Southeast Asia with “Air America” and the C-130 Gunships with Doppler and FLIR radar. His military service awards and citations were extensive, highly impressive, yet rarely mentioned.

After a dedicated military career of 22 years, he returned to civilian life with his family in New Madison where he began running ambulance with the local funeral director. He then attended and graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1975 at which time he bought and operated Storch-Braund Funeral Home in New Madison, serving families and the community for over 35 years.

His contributions to the community of New Madison and Darke County started with being on the first-run of the Tri-Village Rescue Squad on October 1st, 1973. He served as a Trustee of TVRS for over 20 years. He also faithfully served the New Madison Fire Department since 1968 wearing many hats, such as, Secretary and Public Liaison Information Officer. Delbert proudly served on the Ohio Funeral Directors Convention Committee for 30+ years and was a fixture at the entrance door. He served as Chaplain of American Legion Laroy Farst Post #245, and was a Darke County Veterans Services Commissioner for over 10 years. He officiated baseball, softball, football, basketball and wrestling for 47 years, and touched the lives of thousands of athletes.

A 60+ year life-member of the Randolph Masonic Lodge in Scheurtz, Texas, Scottish Rite of North America, and the Shriners. On November 11, 2007, he was surprised and humbled to receive the Presidential Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, which he cited as one of the highlights of his life.

Delbert is survived by his children, Gwendolyn K. (Barry) Tinkle of New Madison, and Delbert Jr. (Karen) Braund of Brookville; his grandchildren, Jeremy (Leslie) Tinkle, and Matthew Tinkle; his great grandchildren, Dakota and Devin; his sister, DeMaris Dixon of Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, his twin brother Devere Braund of Conroe, Texas; the mother of his children, Lois Braund of New Madison; his classmate and special friend, Marguerite Reed; numerous stepchildren and their families; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Delbert is preceded in death by his brother, Robert K Braund, Jr.; his sisters, Phyllis Rafferty, Jean Slother, and Ethel Stockley; and his wife of 30 years, Ruth Jane Braund.

A Celebration of Delbert's life will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, September 22, 2018 at New Madison United Methodist Church, 149 N. Main Street, New Madison, with Pastor David Richey officiating. Burial will follow in Greenmound Cemetery.

Family and friends may visit from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Friday, September 21, 2018 at New Madison United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the New Madison United Methodist Church,149 N. Main Street, New Madison, Ohio 45346; Tri-Village Rescue Squad, 320 N. Main Street, New Madison, Ohio 45346; or the New Madison Fire Department, 215 N. Main Street, New Madison, Ohio 45346.

Delbert's family has entrusted Tribute Funeral Homes, New Madison Campus, with the arrangements.

James D. Greendyke Jr. (September 16, 2018)

James D. Greendyke Jr., age 78 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 1:30 PM Sunday September 16, 2018 at the Village Green of Greenville. Jim was born April 19, 1940 in Evanston, Illinois and the son of the late James and Dorothy (Tulloch) Greendyke.

Jim was retired as a Sales Representative for Service Beauty Supply where he had been employed for 50 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Greenville, an avid golfer and a longtime member of the former Greenville Country Club. During the late 60’s and early 70’s he enjoyed racing corvettes. He was also very active in all outdoor activities including his love for snow skiing.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Gerald Greendyke.

Jim is survived by his wife of 32 years Kathy (O’Dell) Greendyke. Also children Jean Greendyke, Doug (Laura) Greendyke, Jonnie (Andrew) Furmanchik, Jan (Ed) McInnis, Scott Greendyke, Amy (Brent) Demoray and Michelle (Steve) Jones; grandchildren Andrew, Christian, Joanna, Mary Grace, Elizabeth, Anna, Caroline, Evan, Reagan and Keira; brother John (Leslie) Greendyke; sister Doree (Bob) Lee as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim was someone who always looked for the positive, loved life, loved his family and was so proud of his children and grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Friday September 21, 2018 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Terry Cavanaugh officiating. Burial will follow in the Ithaca Cemetery Ithaca, Ohio. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the State of the Heart Care of Darke County.

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

Friday, September 14, 2018

Betty L. Unger (September 12, 2018)

Betty L. Unger, 91 of Greenville, passed away September 12, 2018 at the State of the Heart Care Center.

She was born on February 18, 1927 in Darke County, Ohio to the late Omer and Mae (Karns) Hicks.

Betty attended Greenville Wesleyan Holiness Church in Greenville. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, cooking, vegetable and flower gardening.

In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan F. Unger; her daughter, Susan D. Unger-Jewett; her brothers, John Hicks, Keith Hicks, and Joe Hicks.

Betty is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Larry (Connie) Unger of Southside, Alabama and Gary Unger and friend, Bonnie Robinette of Greenville; her grandchildren, Lori (Steve) Smith of Union, Ohio, and Jeffrey Unger of West Milton; her great grandchildren, Sierra and Sydney Smith and Sklyar and Bret Unger; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Clarence (Miriam) Hicks of Greenville, and Ira (Mary) Hicks of Bradford; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Betty’s life will be held at 11:30 AM on Monday, September 17, 2018 at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, with Rev. Rodney Robbins officiating. Burial will follow in Miami Memorial Park in Covington, Ohio.

Family and friends may visit from 10 AM until time of services at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be given to Greenville Wesleyan Holiness Church, 201 Hall Street, Greenville, Ohio, 45331.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Walter I. (“Mike”) Thieme (September 9, 2018)

Walter Irving (“Mike”) Thieme passed away Sunday, September 9, 2018, in Greenville, Ohio. He was two days from his 98th birthday.

Mike was born September 11, 1920 in Missoula, Montana the only child of Fred Earnest Thieme, Jr. and Ella Claire (Hopkins) Thieme. Christened “Walter Irving” for Ella’s two brothers, his father called him “his little Irish Mick” because of his red hair. The name “Mickey” followed him through college, but later he went by “Mike.” He attended schools in Missoula and was graduated from high school at age 16.

Mike received a mechanical engineering degree from Montana State University in 1942, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and the Rau Beta Pi engineering honorary. Due to his college participation in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, he entered into military service in the Army Air Corps immediately after graduation. At Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio, he was assigned to engineering duties but later was accepted into pilot training and supported the World War II effort by testing the latest military aircraft in Alaska.

After 4-1/2 years of service, he was released and worked for two years as an engineering test pilot for Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown, Maryland. He then returned to school at Harvard University and received a Masters Degree in Business in 1949. It was in Cambridge that Mike would meet the love of his life, Jean Louise Hole, of Greenville, Ohio, who was studying in the Management Training Program at Radcliffe College. They were married June 18, 1948 in Greenville. Mike’s first post-graduate job was as an industrial engineer with Crown Zellerbach in Oregon and Washington. The Air Force called him into non-flying service during the Korean War, with engineering duties in Baltimore and Cape Canaveral, Florida.

His military tour of duty over, Mike took a management position with Greenville-based American Aggregates Corporation, a business founded by Jean Louise’s grandfather, Fred Coppock, among others. Mike had a nearly 40-year career with AAC, growing the tri-state business into one of the largest suppliers of sand, gravel, and limestone products in the United States. In 1961, Jean Louise and Mike, then President of AAC, built a home south of Greenville at the “Hills of Judea,” which, along with nearby Wayne Lakes, became a model for restoration and reclamation of gravel lands as valuable home sites. Mike assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of AAC in 1969 and retired from the position of Chairman of the Board in 1987 when the firm was acquired by a subsidiary of Consolidated Gold Fields.

The Thiemes raised their family in Darke County, Ohio. They were members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where Mike served as Treasurer, Vestryperson, and Senior Warden. They both supported many community causes. In particular, Mike served on the hospital boards of Wayne Hospital (Greenville), Children’s Hospital (Dayton), and 12 years on the Regional Health Planning Council. Recently, he contributed to a new girls’ softball field and expansion of the Brethren Home. In his free time, Mike could often be found cutting and stacking wood, his favorite form of exercise and therapy. He also enjoyed riding horses, swimming, and maintaining a garden and fruit trees, with the added benefit of homemade wine. He and Jean Louise were generous hosts to many gatherings including outdoor church services, New Year’s Eve fireworks, and a Memorial Day fish fry tradition that continues to this day.

In retirement, Mike and Jean Louise enjoyed travelling the world. They built a home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1990, which became their primary residence, and allowed Mike to return to favorite activities of his Montana youth, such as skiing, hiking the mountains, and big game hunting. He started hiking local peaks in the Tetons and Idaho (including Mt. Borah), but also set his sights further afield. He tackled Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, four times between the ages of 71 and 80; reaching the crater rim (18,638’) three times, the last time at age 80. He went around the rim to the highest point (19,341’) in 1995 at age 74, making the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest climber to achieve that feat. Although not always successful, he loved scouting for and hunting game, resulting in his last elk in Wyoming in the fall of 2008, at age 88.
In Jackson Hole, he and Jean Louise were active members of St. John’s Episcopal Church, where they were instrumental in selecting and acquiring a pipe organ that was installed in 2002. Both served enthusiastically on the board and committees of the Off Square Theatre Company. They threw heart and soul into the vision, planning, fundraising, and executive functions for the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, ultimately resulting in their names appearing on the performing arts pavilion when it opened in 2007.

Jean Louise passed away following a short illness on September 7, 2009. Mike continued to live mainly in Wyoming until late 2016, when health reasons brought a return to Darke County, Ohio, where he took a residence at the Brethren Home Retirement Community. His intelligence and keen sense of humor remained strong, as did his interest in current affairs and people from all walks of life and cultures. He has been loved and admired by many and will be greatly missed.

Mike is survived by three children, Michael Thieme, of Northridge, California, Rebecca Hartnagle of Greenville, Ohio, and Susan Rope of Idaho Falls, Idaho. He also has two foster daughters, Ilona (Jakabsons) Reif, of Laramie, Wyoming, and Gracie (Hill, Ratliff) Overholser of Greenville; 10 grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren. All affectionately call him “Duggle-Duggle,” a phrase he cooed to babies. A veteran storyteller, he has surprised folks even in recent years with ones never heard before. His adventures as a test pilot in Alaska have been documented in a book titled The Rogue Colonel, published in 2016 with his daughter Susan.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted in his memory to the Music Fund for St. John’s Episcopal Church (Jackson, Wyoming), or the Darke County Foundation (Greenville, Ohio.) A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 2:00 on Sunday, September 16, with a reception following

Funeral arrangements by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio.

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

Garry L. Weaver Sr. (September 9, 2018)

Garry L. Weaver Sr. age 75, of Greenville passed away at 1:18 PM on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville.

Garry was born February 19, 1943, in Union City, Indiana to the late Robert & Doris (Riggs) Weaver. In addition to his parents, Garry was also preceded in death by a sister, Alice Richardson.

Garry is survived by his wife, Sue (Haworth) Weaver whom he married June 14, 1964; son & daughter-in-law, Garry L. & Danielle Weaver Jr. of Greenville; grandchildren, Kelsey Weaver of Key West, Florida and Zach Weaver of Washington D.C.; brother, Daniel Weaver of Boonville, North Carolina; brother-in-law, Ronald Richardson of Greenville; sister-in-law & brother-in-law, Mary Jo & Robert Nixon of Versailles; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Garry served in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from Coca-Cola with 30 years of service and was a truck driver for Bohman Trucking in Russia. Garry was a member of the Coletown Congregational Christian Church and the Greenville Fraternal Order of Eagles.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, September 13, 2018, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Terry Haworth officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Garden. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Full military honors will be conducted by the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Care. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Donald L. Brewer (September 8, 2018)

Donald L. Brewer, 81, of New Madison, passed away on September 8, 2018 at the Brethren Retirement Community.

Donald was born on October 3, 1936 in Pleasant Hill, Ohio to the late David and Pearl Brewer.

In addition to his parents, Donald was preceeded in death by his brother, Bobby Brewer; and his sister, Helen Miller.

Donald loved spending time with his family, driving truck and farming.

Donald leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of 62 years, Betty (Baker) Brewer of New Madison, whom he married on May 26, 1956; his sons, Brian Brewer and his wife Kellie of Bradford, and their children Scott and Lisa Brewer, Kevin Brewer and his wife Sharon of Greenville, and their children, Jarica Grice, Dale, Cole, Samuel, Brittany, KayLee, Paul, Matthew, Abbigayle, Elizabeth, and Faith Brewer; two great-grandsons, Landen Grice and Jacob Clark; his brother, Rodney Dean Brewer and his wife Thelma of Greenville; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of Donald's life will be held at 10 AM on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, with Steve Knierim officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Friends and Family may visit on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 3 PM to 7 PM at the funeral home in Greenville.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Madison Fire Department, 215 N Main St, New Madison, OH 45346 or Tri-Village Rescue, 320 N Main St, New Madison, OH 45346.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Joseph "Joe" Etzler (September 3, 2018)

Joseph "Joe" Etzler, 54, of New Madison, passed away on September 3, 2018.

Joe was born in Greenville, Ohio on February 5, 1964, a son of Gerald Etzler of New Madison and the late Phyllis (Dershem) Etzler.

In addition to his mother, Joe was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Etzler.

Joe was a 1982 graduate of Arcanum High School, after graduation, he entered the Brethren Volunteer Services. Joe served his country honorably in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Cedar Grove Church of the Brethren.

In addition to his father, Joe is survived by his brother, Jerald Etzler of New Madison; his sister, Jill Etzler of Greenville; his daughter, IO Etzler of Oklahoma;and his niece, Amanda Etzler-Farber of Greenwood, Indiana.

A Celebration of Joe's Life will be on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 12 PM at Cedar Grove Church of the Brethren, 373 Love Road, New Paris with Pastor Tony Price officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Friday, September 14, 2018 from 11 AM until time of services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Cedar Grove Church, 373 Love Road, New Paris, Ohio 45347.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.tributefuneralhomes.com

Services are entrusted to Tribute Funeral Homes.

Donald L. Powell (August 30, 2018)

It is with great sadness that the family of Donald L. Powell announces his passing, after a brief illness, on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville, Ohio.

He was born October 19, 1925 to the late Reuben L. Powell and Viola (Shuff) Powell Armstrong.

Don will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years, Elsie Weng Powell; his children, Bethany (Jim) Carres, Donna (Tom) Beam, Stuart (Debbie) Powell, and Mark Powell; his grandchildren, Heather (Greg) Coby, Justin Powell, Adrienne (Eric) Longfellow, and Brandon Powell; and nine great grandchildren. He is also survived by his step-Daughter, Canda Weng; his step-son, Robert Weng's (now deceased) children, to whom Don was a grandfather, Vicky (Greg Pankow) Weng Kolody, Rodney Weng, Randy (Pat) Weng and Roger (Brandi) Weng; and seven great grandchildren. Don is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Jeanne Powell and Betty White.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his step-father Gerald Armstrong; an infant daughter, Kathy Powell; his brother, Charles Powell; his half-brother, John Powell; his step-sister Mildred Armstrong Drew; his step-brother, Keith Armstrong; his beloved grandparents, Frank and Henrietta Powell; his aunt, Fhern Powell Grote; and his step-son, Robert Weng.

A proud Navy veteran, Don served his country from 1943 to 1946 on the U.S.S. Moore D.E. in the Pacific. His military service fostered his love of travel and he traveled the world, including many motorcycle trips across the country with his dear Greenville friends. Don never knew a stranger, always had a story to tell, and loved to laugh.

A private family memorial will be held at the Harris Creek Cemetery, Bradford, Ohio with full Military Honors conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard. He will be buried in the Powell family plot only two miles from where he was born.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to: Wayne Health Care and staff for Don's wonderful care, especially Dr. Umeh; the care team at the Brethren's Home who gently cared for him; and State of the Heart Care who graced his final days with loving care.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Residents' Fund at the Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

The family as entrusted Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, with the arrangements.

Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.

Gerald Alfred “Gary” Berger (September 3, 2018)

Gerald Alfred “Gary” Berger age 57, of Versailles passed away at 11:03 PM on Monday, September 3, 2018, at his residence.

Gary was born August 6, 1961, in Coldwater to William A. Berger of Osgood and the late Janice M. (Hemmelgarn) Berger. In addition to his mother, Gary was also preceded in death by an infant sister, Kathleen Berger.

In addition to his father, Gary is survived by his wife, Angela (Stienecker) Berger whom he married May 1, 2004; step-children, Derek Millhouse of Sidney, Erika & Jacob Smith of Galloway and Jessica Millhouse of Versailles; grandchildren, Kyle, Caleb and Kendon Millhouse; brothers & sister-in-law, Roger & Amy Berger of Plain City and Rodney Berger of Botkins; sisters & brothers-in-law, Karen & John Hilgefort of Versailles and Michelle & Tony Kuether of Covington; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gary formerly worked at Whiteford Food Products in Versailles, Superior Aluminum in Russia and GTI in Greenville. He was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles and the Versailles Fraternal Order of Eagles.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, September 7, 2018, at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Martins Cemetery in Osgood. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and Friday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help offset expenses or State of the Heart Care. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

George Louis Klipstine, Jr. (August 30, 2018)

George Louis Klipstine, Jr. 93, of Greenville, passed away at his home on Thursday, August 30, 2018.

He was born April 12, 1925 in Ansonia, to the late George Louis, Sr. and Elise (Baughman) Klipstine.

In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his first wife, Joan (Black) Klipstine; his second wife, Treva (Curtis) Klipstine; his third wife, Sally (Wright) Clymer-Klipstine; and his son, John Louis Klipstine.

George was a 1943 graduate of Ansonia High School, attended the University of Dayton, and then served his country honorably in the U.S. Army. After serving his country, he returned to help his father run the family business, The Ansonia Lumber Company as a draftsman, salesperson and later becoming the owner. He was active with the Garst Museum, Liar's Club, Greenville Elks, Ansonia Fire Department, Ansonia American Legion, Ansonia City Council, and Ansonia Kiwanis Club...But he would have much rather been fishing.

George is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Kim Klipstine of Versailles; his daughter-in-law, Becky Klipstine of Ansonia; his grandchildren and their spouses, Todd and Tammy Klipstine, Krista and Tony Spence, Kate and Clint Brewer, and Ben and Nicole Klipstine; his great-grandsons, Adam and Chance Klipstine, Trevor, Tanner, Trendon and Treyton Spence, and Mabel, Fred and George Brewer; his step-children and their spouses, Bryan and Aliana Clymer of Greenville, J.D. Clymer of Versailles, Lenny and Tina Clymer of Florida, Rene and Devon Wasson of Union City, Indiana, Connie and Jim Sink of Englewood, Ohio, and Teresa and Roger Fleckenstein of Versailles; his step-grandchildren and their spouses, Stacey and Aaron Johnson, Jennifer and David Dow, Holly and Chad Garrison, Dr. Brianne and Craig Galloway, Lindse and Josh Browner, Jesse Fleckenstein, and Kimberly Fleckenstein; his step-great grandchildren, Ryker, Daxton, Stella, Scarlett, Bodhi, Breylind, Kenyon and Rolan; and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of George's Life will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, with Pastor Bob Akins officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles.

Family and friends may visit Tuesday, September 4, 2018 from 4 to 7 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Greenville Public Library, 520 Sycamore Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331 or Trinity Lutheran Church, 204 E Wood St, Versailles, OH 45380.

Online Condolences may be left for the family at www.tributefuneralhomes.com

Friday, August 31, 2018

Thelma L. Rhoades (August 29, 2018)

Thelma L. Rhoades age 90, of Greenville passed away at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville.

Thelma was born April 8, 1928, in Franklin Township, Darke County to the late John & Grace (West) Bucholtz. In addition to her parents, Thelma was also preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Rhoades; brother, Dale Bucholtz; and a sister, Arlene Kerr.

Thelma is survived by her daughters & son-in-law, Karen & Eldon Schultz of Versailles and Brenda Stuchell of Greenville; grandchildren, Eric (Beth) Schultz, Angie Lyme, Kyle (Stefany) Stuchell and Kendra (Chris) Phillips; great-grandchildren, Logan Schultz, Lindsay Schultz, Levi Schultz, Jessica Lyme, Parker Stuchell, Dalton Stuchell, Lane Phillips and Holt Phillips; and a sister, Joan Williams of Greenville.

Thelma was a homemaker, farmer’s wife and retired in 2005 from Community Action Partnership where she delivered meals on wheels. Thelma attended the EUM Church in Greenville. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Bonnie Gerber officiating. Burial will follow in Gettysburg Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Care. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Charles James Hinkle (August 29, 2018)

Charles James Hinkle, 88 of Greenville, Ohio and formerly of Gettysburg, Ohio passed away on Wednesday August 29, 2018 at 5:15 AM at Rest Haven Nursing Home, Greenville, Ohio. He was born July 11, 1930 in Clark County, Ohio the son of the late Theron & Irene (Cook) Hinkle. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He work in the production division at Hobart.

He was a member of Pleasant View Missionary Church where he served the church faithfully.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his daughter: Joyce Hinkle; his sisters: Margaret Steele & Martha Jean Steele.

He is survived by his wife: Grace Evangeline (Riffell) Hinkle of Greenville, Ohio; his sister: Mary Riffell of Greenville and numerous nieces & nephews.

A service will be held on Sunday September 2, 2018 at 4:00 PM at Pleasant View Missionary Church, 5231 Gettysburg Pitsburg Road, Gettysburg, Ohio with Rev. Frank Beard officiating. Burial will follow in Gettysburg Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM on Sunday at the church. Veteran’s graveside services will be conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard. Arrangements are being handled by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Care or the Missionary Church Camp at Ludlow Falls.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

G. Richard Locke (August 28, 2018)

G. Richard Locke, age 92 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 11:48 AM Tuesday August 28, 2018 at the State of the Heart Care Center in Greenville, Ohio. Dick was born December 25, 1925 in Greenville and the son of the late Leonard and Lottie (Smith) Locke.

He retired in 1985 as Sales Manager of Greenville Concrete as was a veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force. Dick was an avid trumpet player and was a very active and well known instructor. He had played in many jazz and concert bands and spent 40 years as the trumpet player in the Donn Smith Orchestra. He also served as President of the former Greenville Musician Club and a member of the Greenville Masonic Lodge.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law Jim Brown and his sister Lanette Locke.

Dick was survived by his wife Hazel (Goodrich) Locke of Greenville. They were married November 19, 1944. Also children Lynn (James) Viall of Vista, California, Deborah Locke of Cincinnati and Lori (Grant) Lovett of Brownsburg, Indiana; grandchildren Emily (Scott) Montenaro, Tim Myers, Piper Lovett and Mason Lovett; great grandchildren Arden Montenaro and Charlotte Montenaro; brother Robert Locke of Piqua as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Funeral arrangements by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the State of the Heart Care of Darke County.

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

Kay E. Riffle (August 28, 2018)

Kay E. Riffle, age 80, of Ansonia, Ohio, passed away on August 28, 2018 at 5:27 A.M. at Wayne Hospital in Greenville, Ohio under the wonderful care of State of the Heart (hospice) after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for many years. She was born on November 19, 1937 in Greenville, Ohio, to the late Dora P. (Crumrine) Peters and Wesley Wilson.

Kay married James (Jim) Riffle on January 20, 1955 who preceded her in death on February 16, 2014. Kay is survived by children Dean (Pam) Riffle of Dayton, Ohio; Daryl (Mary) Riffle of Ansonia, Ohio; and Denise (Jeffrey) Gayer of Sylvania, Ohio; grandchildren Shawn (Melissa) Riffle, Shannon Riffle, Nathan (Laurel) Riffle, Chase Riffle, Adam (Jessica) Riffle, Andrew (Kalie) Riffle, Abby Gayer and Luke Gayer, and 13 beautiful great grandchildren. She truly loved spending time with her family.

Kay was a servant leader in family, church and community. She served on the H.O.P.E. Foundation subcommittee, Ansonia Village Council (1999-2002), the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration in Ansonia as coordinator, Darke County Shelter from Violence, Darke County Board of Elections, Ansonia Local Schools volunteer, Darke County Cancer Association volunteer, and participated in leadership activities at Wright State University as well as serving in numerous other organizations. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Union City, Indiana. Kay enjoyed and shared her gift of music. When Kay attended Grace Lutheran Church in Greenville, she taught Sunday School as well as music to the youth, and sang in the church choir. She worked for many years as a private piano teacher and as a substitute teacher at Ansonia Local Schools. Kay and husband Jim were the owners/operators of The Ansonia Inn. Kay worked at The Darke County Board of Education and Arcorp, Inc. She was also the bookkeeper for Jim Riffle Distributing for many years. Kay was a graduate of Greenville High School and attended Wright State University.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by stepfather, Samuel F. Curts.

A service will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Melinda Gapen officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, as well as one hour prior to the 10:30 A.M. service at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that memorial contributions be given to the Riffle Family Scholarship in care of the Darke County Foundation or State of the Heart Care, Greenville, Ohio.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Mildred Rose Hufnagle (August 15, 2018)

Mildred Rose Hufnagle 1917-2018

“Mid” Hufnagle’s 101-year journey on this earth ended on August 15, 2018, just 4 days after the annual family reunion.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edith Berner Grote and William Grote; her husband John; and her son Jack. She is survived by son Jon Hufnagle of Hollywood SC, daughter Jean Gobel of Dublin OH, 6 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

As a life-long resident of Darke County, mostly in Greenville, she was a 1934 graduate of Greenville High School. Always actively involved in her children’s lives, she was South School’s PTO president more than once. Many will remember her as the “nice cafeteria lady” at South and North schools until she retired in 1980 after 26 years of employment.

In her younger years, she and John led active lives. They danced, rolling up the carpet in her country home for square-dancing or piling into the car with other couples to go to the Chrystal Ball, the Carousel, or the Blue Mill (now the Triangle). They traveled and especially loved their trips to Hawaii, Las Vegas and Niagra Falls and to their family’s cottage in Minnesota. Her excursions continued for many years even after John’s passing in 1987.

As one of the first women bowlers in Greenville, starting in 1936, she along with John competed in both singles and doubles. The shelves full of trophies can attest to their skills. When our families gathered for Thanksgiving, we often went bowling even when she was in her 90’s.

Fair-goers will remember her as “the sno-cone lady.” Starting in 1958, she loved her stand’s prime location across from the coliseum, where she could see and chat with all the people she knew. She thrived on the hard work and long hours, often outworking her teenage helpers. But her career was cut short in 2000 when she suffered a broken arm in a fall on one of her routine walks uptown for coffee.

Never one to just sit and relax, she loved to needlepoint and knit, often creating items of her own design. In later years, she took up crossword puzzles, “to keep her mind sharp.” But anyone who met her at the card table found there should have been little concern about that!

Card-playing was a life-long passion. She and John were part of card clubs that met for several decades. When they weren’t playing euchre, the women played bridge; the men, poker. She was a fearless bidder and would urge “the table” to play fast; John often said, “Mid, remember, we aren’t playing for the courthouse!” The card- playing continued past the age of 100 until her failing eyesight forced her to stop.

The family gives very special thanks to the Wednesday afternoon bridge ladies and the euchre players at the Moose for their kindness and support. We are so thankful to Shirley Hughes for the Sunday morning Elks breakfasts, for the devoted friends who kept her going places after she could no longer drive, and for Wendy Smith, Jill McAlpin, and Catholic Services who made her desire to stay in her home possible.

She was the rock of the family, raising her children to be independent and self-sufficient, just as she was. She often said, “ Go live your lives; don’t worry about me.” In the end, she was at peace, fully embracing this next phase of her journey. Family and friends will celebrate her life on Friday, August 31, at 2:00 pm at the Zechar Bailey funeral home. A time of fellowship will be held prior to the service from 1:00 – 2:00.

In lieu of flowers and to honor her generous spirit, please send donations to the Grace Resurrection Community Center, 433 E. Water St, Greenville, OH 45331.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Monday, August 27, 2018

Elizabeth “Liz” Lake (August 22, 2018)

Elizabeth “Liz” Lake, age 78 of Dayton, Ohio passed away at 6:51 PM Wednesday August 22, 2018 at the Grandview Hospital Dayton, Ohio. Liz was born March 15, 1940 in Wayne County, Kentucky and the daughter of the late Roy and Betty (Reynolds) Mounce.

Liz was retired having work 20 plus years as a Nursing Assistant at Grandview Hospital of Dayton. She was considered the “Ultimate Care Giver” as she dearly loved her work at the hospital and in addition was an avid animal lover.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her nephews Rick Crider and Tim Mounce; nieces Linda Newbauer and Debby Slogot and great nephew Jonathan Kinnison.

Liz is survived by sisters Emma (Larry) Crider, Wanda Warner and Helen Corder all of Greenville; brothers Fred (Helen) Mounce of Indianapolis, Indiana and John (Charla Shoup) Mounce of Greenville; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; her dogs Marley and Jazzy and many special co-workers and friends from Grandview Hospital.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM Monday August 27, 2018 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Todd Reish officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Monday from 12 Noon until time of the services in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the Darke County Humane Society.

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

Jimmy D. Thornsberry (August 23, 2018)

Jimmy D. Thornsberry, 65, of Greenville, passed away on August 23, 2018 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Jimmy was born on October 31, 1952 in Prestonsburg, Kentucky to the late John M. and Nora (Hall) Thornsberry.

In addition to his parents, Jimmy was preceded in death by his brothers, Don Thornsberry, Roosevelt Thornsberry, and Arlin Thornsberry; and his sister, Margie Thornsberry.

Jimmy had been an EMT for Ansonia Rescue,and a volunteer firefighter for Rossburg Fire Department. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and playing music. Most of all, Jimmy cherished spending time with his loving friends and family.

Jimmy leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of 23 years, Peggy (Perry) Thornsberry of Greenville, whom he married March 4, 1995; his children, Jimmy Thornsberry, Jr. of New Weston, Kelly (Eric) Widener of New Weston, Dia Polakovich of Hagerstown, Indiana, Joseph (Amber) Polakovich of Norfolk, Virginia, Kevin (Michelle) Reier of Ansonia, and Kerry Reier of Greenville; his grandchildren, Brittany Widener, Tyler Rodandello, Allyson Rodandello, Carter Powell, Megan Polakovich, Kendrick Shaw, Josh Kimmel, Kyle Reier, Kendra Bowman, Stacie Baker, Octavia Reier, Kara Reier; several great-grandchildren; his sisters, Ruth (Larry) Hagelberger of Anna, Ohio, and Ella Mae (Dale) Michael of Greenville; his brothers-in-law, Ricky (Sandra) Perry of Crowley, Louisiana, Johnny (Janis) Perry of Greenville, Gerd Seidel of Lawton, Oklahoma, and Glenn (Nancy) Perry of Louisiana; his sister-in-law, Sheila (Bobby) Beller of Crowley, Louisiana and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Jimmy’s life will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, August 27, 2018 at Greenville Baptist Temple, 4689 Children's Home Bradford Road, Greenville, with Pastor Daniel Berdine officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends may visit from 1 PM to 4 PM on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com

Justin T. Richards (August 19, 2018)

Justin T. Richards, 25, of Hollansburg, passed away on Sunday, August 19, 2018.

Justin was born on June 25, 1993 in Greenville, Ohio, to Amy and Greg Godown.

He was preceded in death by his father, David Tyndall.

In addition to his parents, Justin is survived by his son, Cooper Jay Richards; his long-time girlfriend, Bailey Lewandowski; three sisters, Brooke, Allison, and Chloe Godown; his grandparents, Tom and Carolyn Richards of Hollansburg, Step grandparents, Tom and Charlene Godown of Greenville; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends.

A Celebration of Justin's life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Tribute Funeral Homes, New Madison Campus with Rev. Eric Fee Officiating.

Family and friends may visit on Saturday from 12 noon until the time of the service at 2:00 PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be made to the funeral home to help offset funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.tributefuneralhomes.com